Story by Danny Pavitt and Reine Kathryn Rala, CRS Philippines and Jelaisha Orpeza and Charin Depina, Caritas Catarman Foundation, Inc. Ginaflor Castillo, 36, with her husband and 7 children, have lived in the same house in Brgy. Naparasam, Mapanas, Northern Samar her whole life.  For years, much of her family’s income was generated by her […]

Story by Marino Deocariza and Elvie Anipew/CRS. Ynares Avenue is the heart and center of Lupang Arenda community in Barangay Sta. Ana, Taytay, Rizal.  Along this road one can find the Sitio Tapayan Elementary School, Barangay Hall Annex, Community Health Center, the community market, community chapel and rows of stores and houses.  This road is […]

by Roxanne Feliciano/CRS. CRS Philippines case study was one of over 30 case studies of best practices on South East Asia presented in the Regional Workshop for Institutionalizing Sustainable Community-based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM). The workshop was jointly organized by Global Network of Civil Society Organizations for Disaster Reduction and Asian Disaster Preparedness Center. The […]

On May 23, 2017, violent conflict erupted between government military troops and the Maute group, a militant faction sympathizing with ISIS, forcing over 70 thousand families[1] to flee their homes and seek refuge in adjacent towns. Evacuation centers were opened in Iligan City and other towns in the provinces of Lanao Del Norte and Lanao […]

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The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) had implemented the eight-step clustering approach on Agro-Enterprise Development (AED) project entitled “Linking Smallholder Farmers to Markets (LinkSFarM)” through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which covered 33 project sites from 2015 to 2017. The project was in collaboration with local and national government […]

Asna is a single parent to her son named Chikoy. Asna and her family used to live in a small room for rent in Rio Hondo. There were six of them in the room then, including her mother, sisters and son. “Our house, though too small, was enough,” Asna said. Even though a single parent, […]